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A State Of Emergency

May 2, 2017

"Egypt Declares State of Emergency, as Attacks Undercut Promise of Security" – New York Times, April 9, 2017 As you may have gathered from some of my writings, I spent a considerable amount of time in the Middle East. Later I travelled to …( read more )

God's Handiwork Is Everywhere

April 6, 2017

Have you ever examined the seed head of a dandelion before you puckered your lips together, blew, and watched its seeds scatter and rise into the air to fly away? Have you ever seen a double rainbow? Or have you ever examined a snowflake …( read more )

Harassment Of Believers

March 26, 2017

We have a subscription to a Dutch-language newspaper which is published here in Canada and consists mostly of news and articles about and from the Netherlands. In the December 2016 issue, there was an article about a political party in …( read more )

Pain

March 6, 2017

Some days, I'm in a lot of pain. It seems that my whole body aches. Other days, it's like the pain moves from one place to another. It might be my legs or my feet or my knees or my hands. Oh, the joys of getting older and having arthritis! …( read more )

The Vine

February 25, 2017

Last fall, a friend gave me a flourishing dipladenia plant, a beautiful flowering vine. She was reluctant to abandon it outside, but she had no space indoors. My living room already houses several plants, but how could I refuse those …( read more )

Time To Prune

March 14, 2016

Almost a year ago, my wife got an azalea plant from one of our children for Mother's Day. It sat in front of a window where it got the early morning sun. Then suddenly during the summer, the outer ends of the branches started to wither, …( read more )

A Valentine Devotional

February 14, 2016

I've been thinking of Valentine's Day and how the heart is a symbol of love. Our church has a breakfast on the first Monday of the month, and I usually try to have some kind of related treat if there is a special day in that month. And so, …( read more )

The Look Of Love

January 7, 2016

When I began in ministry many years ago, I quickly realized that I didn't have enough love for all the people in my congregations. I cried out to God for His love. It was then that I experienced an overwhelming flood of loving care for the …( read more )

The Branch

December 5, 2015

A few years ago, I took a class on the subject of genealogy. Written in my notes was the suggestion that the holiday season provides a good opportunity to dive into family history. For example, round-the-dinner-table gatherings at …( read more )

The Parallel

November 11, 2015

Every Remembrance Day (or Veterans Day), I am deeply touched as members of our little community take turns placing wreaths of remembrance at the base of our town's cenotaph. Each wreath represents a different era: a war which has been …( read more )

Praying For The Persecuted

November 1, 2015

Either today or next Sunday, many Christians around the globe will observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. This practice not only comforts those who are suffering, but it unites believers worldwide in taking a …( read more )

Calming Troubled Hearts

September 17, 2015

We all suffer from troubled hearts and minds at times. We worry about our families and friends; we are sometimes anxious about our health or work; we are even concerned about our churches and communities, as well as the world that we live …( read more )

Disciplinary Delights

May 4, 2015

Today's title sounds like a contradiction in terms, doesn't it? At first, it appears to be a contradiction, but if we break it down into two parts, first comes the discipline, and then comes the result, which is indeed a delight. "Stretch …( read more )

Obedience

February 6, 2015

Jesus taught that obedience and answered prayer are related: Obedience is a word that is known to everyone, whether they are Christian or not. It is a word that we learn from an early age. Parents teach obedience to their small children; …( read more )

A House Divided

November 18, 2014

Because I am a non-confrontational person, being forthright, outspoken, or direct when speaking truth becomes an arduous task requiring discernment. I perceive others to have tendencies to sugar-coat truth in fear of animosity or …( read more )

Staying Connected

October 17, 2014

At least thirty years ago, a group of seven of us were finishing a two-year course in becoming Bible teachers. Our assignment that week seemed overly simple: Pick out a chapter or a portion of one, and prepare to read it aloud at the next …( read more )

Reconstruction

October 11, 2014

I often take the bus to the other side of the city, and during the hour that it takes to get there and back, I notice some reconstruction taking place. On the roads and streets, there are excavators digging up water mains, machines …( read more )

Metaphor In A Tech Defect

September 4, 2014

Even if you're not technically-minded, you'll see the lesson that I gleaned today from my troubles with electronic technology. Let me explain: Yesterday, I purchased a keyboard and case for my tablet computer. I thought that this new …( read more )

The Roots

May 6, 2014

When we returned home from our southern holiday this winter, our two houseplants were totally bare of leaves, and we held some doubt as to whether they were still alive. One of the plants I have had for fourteen years and another like it …( read more )

Faith Comes By Hearing

March 14, 2014

The other day while working in the kitchen, my CD player provided a dramatic reading from Luke 24. The words from the recording that grabbed my attention were about the two disciples' Resurrection Day meeting with Jesus on the road to …( read more )

Our Heavenly Beekeeper

October 22, 2013

Have you ever thought of God as our heavenly beekeeper? I never did — until I had a visit with a beekeeper. I'll never forget that day, sitting with the beekeeper in his home and hearing him talk about his bees. He owns a few hundred …( read more )

A Sacred Moment

October 6, 2013

How often do we experience this "abiding" that Jesus referred to in today's Scripture? Surely at some time, we would have felt that we and the Lord God were in close fellowship — a wonderful, sacred moment. We believe that the Lord set …( read more )

Spring Pruning

June 1, 2013

Spring has finally arrived! And with spring, come the usual jobs of raking leaves from the flower beds, loosening the soil around the new growth and of course, pruning some branches from bushes and trees. In our backyard, wild vine had …( read more )

A Costly Disconnection

March 7, 2013

I am perturbed. No, I am not perturbed; I am very frustrated. My Internet connection keeps breaking, and each time this happens, I lose communication with my Facebook, Outlook, Twitter, Linkedin, and blog friends. Not only is it …( read more )

Unconditional Love

February 14, 2013

I saw a memorable film on television. It was the story of a broken marriage — a story in which a teen-age daughter was very embittered by the break-up of her parents. The father walked by the edge of the schoolyard at recess time to see …( read more )

A Friend On The Wings Of An Eagle

September 28, 2012

My pierced ears are graced with a pair of carved, silver eagles' head earrings, a gift from a friend whose life ended quickly and unexpectedly last year. When I became a hospice volunteer over eighteen years ago, Alice had already … (read more)

Unscathed

September 2, 2012

For as long as I can recall, it has been important to me to come daily before our Lord in prayer, making my requests for self and others known, in the sure knowledge that our Father listens and responds to … (read more)

Master Gardener

August 2, 2012

Our backyard has been going through a major transformation. Early this spring, we tilled the lawn in preparation for new sod. Gardens were made smaller, and we had a large hole dug to hold a new pond. Each week saw … (read more)

The Genes

July 17, 2012

Growing up, I always wanted to have a pair of blue jeans with the little tag that said "Levi's" on them. All my friends had them, and I wanted a pair also, but due to the cost of them and … (read more)

A Rose In The Garden

May 12, 2012

One year around the 24th of May, my mother-in-law, Rose, prepared a garden and planted seeds which produced tomatoes, strawberries, onions, lettuce, and vegetable marrow. When the time came to pick them, she asked me to help her. I was … (read more)

Reach Up In Trust

March 21, 2012

Some children are fearless when it comes to trying new challenges. They have the attitude, "I can do it!" We learn fear as we grow and realize that some things are more difficult than others, and we come to understand … (read more)

The Parable Of The Ruler

February 18, 2012

In our family, any instrument, tool, or implement that was both small and very useful was given an extra, affectionate, diminutive "ie", resulting in names like the "smallie pliers" or the "smallie screwdriver". Whenever I read, I am an inveterate … (read more)

The Best Friend

February 9, 2012

Although there is truly nothing better than a holiday, round about the end of the holiday, I really start to miss my friends. Why do we need friends? God made as social creatures. We need to feel unity with each … (read more)

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